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Postcard Stories

Postcard Stories


Postcard Stories is a collection of short stories by Belfast author Jan Carson. With illustrations by Benjamin Phillips.

“The bride is small at the top and wider at the bottom like a pyramid, or a toilet paper lady. Coming in or out of a room she must turn sideways to accommodate her train. The bride is named Catherine but looking at her it is hard not to assume she has been called Cathy in youth and Cat since the age of seventeen. She is at least thirty-seven now but her dress is ten years younger.


There is a stain like the Red Hand of Ulster simmering across the backside of this dress as if the bride has sat herself down in something bloody, as if she has thrown red wine over her own shoulder in some strange parody of that lucky salt ritual, as if someone with no sense (her father perhaps) has placed his hand on her and given her a good hefty shove into the next chapter.”

Publication date: 16th May 2017

Page count: 80 / Stories: 52 / Illustrations: 6

Paperback ISBN: 9781910139684

GTIN: N/A SKU: 978-1-910139-68-4 Categories: , , Tags: , ,

Jan Carson

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears (Liberties Press, 2014), and short story collection, Children’s Children (Liberties Press, 2016), as well as two micro-fiction collection, Postcard Stories 1 and 2 (Emma Press, 2017 and 2020). Her novel The Fire Starters was published by Doubleday in 2019 and won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland the same year. In 2018 she was the inaugural Translink/Irish Rail Roaming Writer in Residence on the Trains of Ireland.


Every day in 2015, Jan Carson wrote a story on the back of a postcard and mailed it to a friend. In this collection of highlights, Carson presents a panoramic view of contemporary Belfast – its streets, coffee shops, museums and airports – as series of small but perfectly-formed snapshots of her home.

Watch Jan read from Postcard Stories, the first pamphlet in the series:

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Dimensions 12.9 × 19.7 cm

Print, eBook
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